chefs and home cooks know, a great source
for high-quality culinary ingredients is worth its weight in gold. We
recently found and fell in love with the company Italian Products
& Beyond that is an incredible resource for high-quality
culinary ingredients. Their extensive collection of EVOOs,
vinegars, truffle products, pates, pesto,
tomatoes, coffee, fish, salts,
nuts, sweets, and so much more, are the stuff of
culinary dreams! We especially love the Italian Extra Virgin Olive
Oils (EVOOs) from Gonnelli 1585, Frantoio Di Santa Téa Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva. Happy
Frantoio Di "Santa Téa"
We love to
cook and are always looking for exceptional products to use in our recipe
creations. We were absolutely delighted when we found the company, Italian Products
& Beyond which has an
amazing line of high-quality Italian culinary products. Their extensive product
line is extremely tempting with their offerings of both savory and sweet
Extra Virgin Olive Oils
The colors and flavors of Extra Virgin Olive Oils (EVOOs)
vary greatly, which is why handcrafted artisan EVOOS are the darlings of the
culinary world. We thought it would be interesting to compare two exceptional EVOOS
from the Gonnelli 1585 trademark, a company with a very long tradition of
olive EVOO versus black olive EVOO, would be there be much of a taste
difference? While the taste of green olives is vastly different from the taste
of black olives, especially when one includes the taste profile of cured black
olives, would there be a noticeable difference when the olives were pressed
into olive oil? The answer we discovered was a resounding, yes!
Taste and Appreciate the Nuances of Olive Oil: Pour a small amount of olive oil in
a snifter glass, let your hand warm the glass, swirl the glass gently to
release the aromas and bouquet, then take a small sip of the oil to prepare
your palate. Then take a second small sip to fully appreciate the nuances of
Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (EVOO Green Olives)
Notes: Frantoio Di "Santa Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (EVOO
Green Olives) has a gorgeous golden color. The bouquet is a heady
mixture with notes of artichoke and almonds. On the palate, it has fruity and
spicy peppery notes with a slight bitterness. It has a smoothness and
suppleness that denotes its excellence and quality. As a finishing EVOO, it is
exquisite for adding extra flavor to culinary recipes. Price:
$34.99 for 17 fl. ounces.
Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (EVOO Black Olives).
Notes: Frantoio Di "Santa Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (EVOO
Black Olives) has a richer, deeper greenish gold color. The bouquet is
fruity, and this stunning beauty is remarkably full-bodied and smooth with more
intense flavors and slight hint of sweetness that lingers on the palate. This
is a remarkable finishing EVOO that works its magic when drizzled or will
enchant your taste buds when used as a dipping oil for crusty artisan bread. Price:
$35.99 for 17 fl. ounces.
Experience had a great time in the kitchen creating special culinary recipes
for you to enjoy using Frantoio Di "Santa Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva
(EVOO Green Olives), and Frantoio Di "Santa Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva
(EVOO Black Olives), that show their rich diversity and intoxicatingly
Experience - "Charred" Portabella "Burger"
with Spirited Tomato Relish.
Experience - Rainbow Chard with Cured Black Olives,
Sundried Tomatoes, Great Northern
and Garlic over Creamy Au Gratin Polenta
Experience - "Charred" Portabella "Burger" with Spirited Tomato Relish is a
very tasty offering for "meatless Mondays" or as vegan/vegetarian offering.
Make Luxury Experience - Spirted Tomato Relish at least a few hours ahead,
preferably 1-day ahead, to allow the flavors to meld, before serving.
- Spirited Tomato Relish is our tasty relish made with Continuum
Distilling Charred, grape tomatoes, Spanish olives, garlic,
golden raisins, capers, Frantoio Di Santa Téa Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (Green Olives
syrup, and fresh flat leaf parsley. Make ahead and refrigerate until ready to
use. This very tasty relish works its culinary magic on a portabella "burger"
or other type of burger. The relish also makes a great topping for
Experience - Charred Portabella "Burger" Ingredients:
for the Portabella "Burger": Blend Continuum Distilling Charred with the
butter. Brush the cap side of the mushroom with the olive oil. Spread the
butter mixture on the underside of the mushroom. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Heat a grill pan, add the portabella mushrooms cap side down, cook for 1
minute, then turn cap over to cook the underside. The mushroom "burger" will be
nice and juicy.
Toast a roll, top with portabella mushroom "burger" and finish with Luxury
Experience - Spirited Tomato Relish. Add lettuce and tomato to plate if
Experience - Spirited Tomato Relish
for the Tomato Relish: Heat a saucepan, add the olive oil, then tomatoes
and garlic cloves and cook over medium heat until tomatoes are blistered. Add
the rest of the ingredients and cook for 1-minute. Place ingredients in a food
processor and process until mixture is coarsely chopped to create the relish.
Place in a glass jar in the refrigerator and store until ready to use.
The relish can be made 1-day ahead to allow flavors to meld.
Experience - Rainbow Chard with Cured Black Olives, Sundried Tomatoes, Great
Northern Beans, and Garlic over Creamy au Gratin Polenta
Serves 4 as
a First Course, or 2 as a Main Course
Wash the Rainbow Chard and remove the stems to use for pickles. See recipe
leaves, use the chiffonade technique. Lay the leaves flat on a cutting board.
Tightly Roll the leaves widthwise, then cut into half-inch slices. This
technique will provide you with thin ribbons of chard.
Heat a large
sauté pan, add salt and pepper to the hot pan, add the olive oil, garlic, and then
the chard. Sauté chard until almost wilted, add the olives, sundried tomatoes,
Place the creamy polenta in the bottom of a bowl. Top with the chard mixture.
Drizzle with extra Frantoio Di "Santa Téa" Olio Extra Vergine Di Oliva (EVOO Black
Olives) and serve.
for the Polenta: Heat a medium saucepan, add the olive oil and minced
garlic, and cook until garlic is golden. Add the water and bring it to a boil,
add the polenta, and stir to thoroughly combine. Add the cheeses, stir, cover,
and remove from heat.
in the culinary principle of, "waste not, want not," and use the stems of the
Rainbow Chard to create tasty pickles.
Swiss Chard Stems Pickling Ingredients
Lemon Simple Syrup
Chive Simple Syrup
Add all ingredients above and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Pour liquid over
Swiss Chard stems packed into a glass Mason jar. Secure lid on jar. Place jar
in boiling water with the water coming up three-quarters of the way up the jar.
Boil for 5 minutes. Remove from water and set on a cooling rack. Once cool,
refrigerate for a 1 week before using the pickles.
for the Homemade Lemon Simple Syrup:
Remove peel from 1 lemon. Add to a saucepan with 1 cup water, 1 cup
simple syrup and bring to a boil until liquid is clear. Remove from heat and
let sit until syrup is cool. Remove the peels from the syrup and strain syrup
into a glass jar and refrigerate syrup until ready to use. (Note: Syrup lasts several weeks and can be
used to sweeten cocktails and other beverages, brush on fruit and grill, or add
to your favorite marinade.)
do with the Peels: Place lemon peels from the syrup on a baking sheet lined
with parchment and bake in a 200-degree Fahrenheit oven until thoroughly dried.
Let cool on baking rack. Place dried lemon peels and some sugar in a blender
and blend to create homemade lemon sugar, perfect for rimming cocktails or
added to tea.
for the Chive Simple Syrup: Add quarter of a cup of fresh chives to a
saucepan with 1 cup water, 1 cup simple syrup and bring to a boil until liquid
is clear. Remove from heat and let sit until syrup is cool. Remove the chives
from the syrup and strain syrup into a glass jar and refrigerate syrup until
ready to use. (Note: Syrup lasts several
weeks and can be used to sweeten cocktails and other beverages, brush on fruit
and grill, or add to your favorite marinade.)
Italian Products & Beyond
Products Srl was established in Bologna in 1994 by developer Stefano Frascari
as a way to share some culinary delicacies with his friends in New York. The
company expanded from a casual idea to a lifeline for several small, artisanal
manufacturers around Italy, wanting to sell their products in the U.S. In the
year 2000, Italian Products USA, Inc. opened offices and a warehouse in New
Jersey, to more efficiently serve its nationwide customers. 20 years after its
founding, Italian Products USA has developed an important presence in the
gourmet market around North America. Customers range from large foodservice
distributors to retail chains as well as independent gourmet markets. For all
customers, programs include sourcing and product development, private labels,
and distribution along with sales support, training, and travel projects. Our
consulting services include training, B2B projects, label design, FDA
regulations, product compliance and much more. Each project is built on spec,
so just ask and we will provide. We believe in building long-lasting
relationships, based on trust and respect. For all customers, programs include
sourcing and product development, private labels, and distribution along with
sales support, training, and travel projects. Our consulting services include
training, B2B projects, label design, FDA regulations & FSMA, product
compliance and much more. Each project is built on spec, so just ask and we
will provide. Gourmet food and excellent service is our passion."
Gonnelli Family and Frantoio di Santa Téa Olive Oils
of the Gonnelli family dates back to 1585 when on the 13th of February the
brothers Francesco, Lorenzo and Giulio, the sons of Taddeo di Michele di
Lorenzo, bought for 300 coins from the Friars of the "Convento del Carmine di
Firenze" the farm of Santa Téa, as proven in the sales document held at the
Public Notary Records office in Florence. At that time the related oil mill,
built in 1426, was known and appreciated for its special oil, the result of
olives made noble by the particular micro-climate of the sunbaked upland plain
of Reggello, 400 meters above sea level, which is 30 minutes from Florence in a
southerly direction. "
the Gonnelli family, brothers, children and grandchildren, raised in the shadow
of the Frantoio di Santa Téa, monument of hard work of yesterday and today,
handed down a true art, with all the knowledge, wisdom and expertise in the
cultivation of olives and their pressing. The artisan arts of olive growers, developed
at the time of the medieval guilds, still preserve the techniques and secrets
of the task of producing the finest oil. An art that derives from the best
tradition of the oil mill, preciously preserved in the museum and from the
ongoing experimentation in innovation research, both in relation to production
"Gonnelli 1585 is a
trademark that represents the relationship between the Gonnelli Family and the
world of traditional oil production. In 1585 the family bought the farm of
Santa Téa and the related Oil Mill built in 1426. Today the Gonnelli family,
also owner of the Frantoio di Vertine in the Chianti Classico, represents one
of the Italian excellences in the world of Extra Virgin Oil. The philosophy has
always been to offer a healthy, genuine, and natural product and this is only
possible by following directly every phase of the production: for each process
we apply new innovative technologies to obtain an excellent product. A company
that achieved several milestones in the sector and has been a continuous endorser
of the importance of oil as food with innumerable nutritional and
health-related properties, as well as bearer of taste and value in every dish
and preparation. Today Gonnelli 1585 offers a wide and varied range of products
that includes sixteen different oils with their various tastes and aromas."
more about Italian Products & Beyond and to purchase their exceptional products
please visit their website: www.italianproducts.com or telephone them at: +1-201-770-9130.
Products & Beyond
Tradition and Epicurean Innovation
Products USA, Inc.
New Jersey 07202
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